Today’s selection is Nico Fidenco’s theme for the 1980 Italian horror film ‘Zombie Holocaust’. This is a very haunting yet sensual piece of music, and I really dig how the steady percussion, frail wind instruments, and airy vocals carry you through the piece. It’s a wonderfully foreboding track with a spiritual essence which resonates with me. Hearing this, I imagine myself aboard a forsaken raft that’s approaching an exotic island where upon unspeakable horrors may dwell. Oh yeah.
Fidenco’s score is not something one would except from a zombie movie, but that makes it all the more significant and intriguing. Through the 70s Fidenco had scored music for the popular ‘Black Emmanuelle’ sexploitation films, and apparently someone heard these smooth, sleazy grooves and considered Fidenco’s style appropriate for the likes of ‘Zombie Holocaust’. Go figure. He was later composed music for the 1981 film ‘Porno Holocaust’, but let’s not journey down that road.
At any rate, Fidenco’s ‘Zombie Holocaust’ score is a real treat. I haven’t seen the actual film, nor do I have any intentions of watching it anytime soon, but I can enjoy the score for its anomalous, erotic atmosphere.
Nico Fidenco - Zombie Holocaust (Full Album) (1980)